A lot has happened with Cloud Foundry since I last blogged about creating a micro cloud (almost 18 months ago!). The Micro “isn’t really maintained anymore” so instead I’m using the Nise Installer to create my private cloud. I used an Ubuntu 10.04 LTS image on a Mac running Fusion and used the easy install to get to a console. Once logged in I updated the keyboard to a Dell 101 (up and down arrows don’t work otherwise), installed a few tools, and then inquired to discover the IP address:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade -y
sudo apt-get install -y vim openssh-server curl
ifconfig eth0 | grep inet

The last line will show you the address of the machine. Add an entry to your client’s /etc/hosts file similar to the following (using the IP address you got from the server above):

172.16.217.185  mycloud myapp.mycloud.local

Then from a Terminal (or other shell) on the client enter ‘ssh mycloud’ to get a command prompt (this is easer than using the console).

The next step is to install Cloud Foundry:

export CF_RELEASE_BRANCH=release-candidate
bash < <(curl -s -k -B https://raw.github.com/yudai/cf_nise_installer/master/local/bootstrap.sh)

This will prompt for your password (a couple times!) and takes a while (a couple hours). When it finishes it will show something like the following:

Done!
RESTART your server!
CF target: 'cf target api.172.16.217.185.xip.io'
CF login : 'cf login --password micr0@micr0 micro@vcap.me'

The address (172.16.217.185) is the IP address for my server; yours will almost certainly be different. Follow the instructions and restart your server. Once the server is started you need to start Cloud Foundry:

cd ~/cf_nise_installer; ./local/start_processes.sh

Within a minute it should list a number of processes as running. Unfortunately, a few processes are running the command returns to the shell prompt implying that all is well. In my experience, not everything is started so I typically repeat the summary command until I see all fourteen processes:

sudo /var/vcap/bosh/bin/monit summary

From your client machine you should navigate to a directory with a sample application (like we created here) and set the target, login, do some setup, and push the application:

cf target api.172.16.217.185.xip.io
cf login --password micr0@micr0 micro@vcap.me
# okay to ignore CFoundry::InvalidRelation error in next command (see https://github.com/cloudfoundry/cf/issues/9)
cf create-space development 
cf target --space development
cf map-domain mycloud.local
cf push

At this point you can accept the defaults (the subdomain is ‘myapp’ and the domain is ‘mycloud.local’) and when the staging is finished you should see 2 applications running. On your client you can navigate to http://myapp.mycloud.local/ and test the application. From your client shell you can try out various commands listed at http://docs.cloudfoundry.com/docs/using/managing-apps/cf/.

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